During the 1960s

Three People involved: Dave Morse (drm); Steve Morse (gtr); Jerry Wooten (kbr).

While in Augusta, the Morse brothers' formed one of their first bands -- a power trio la Cream. Steve and Dave later teamed up with Andy West and Frank Britt to form Dixie Grit.


Late 1960s to early 1975

Dixie Grits

People involved: Frank Britt[ingham] (vcl); Johnny Carr (kbr); Dave Morse (drm); Steve Morse (gtr); Andy West (bss).

The early seeds of what later became Dixie Dregs. Dixie Grit became a local celebrity around Augusta. They even made a recording, which unfortunately seems to have been lost. Steve Morse and Andy West, the only ones left, later left for Miami, where they formed Dixie Dregs. Mark Parrish also was apparently in the Dixie Grits at some stage.


1975 to 1976

Dixie Dregs

People involved: Frank Josephs (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan (vln); Andy West (bss).

The dregs of Dixie Grit, or Steve Morse and Andy West, went to Miami to study at the University. There Morse studied for Juan Mercadal and Stan Simone, jammed with Pat Metheny. During the spring of 1975, Dixie Dregs recorded a radio promo called The Great Spectacular (not properly relased until 1997). All tracks on it have been re-recorded by Dixie Dregs for other albums as well as by Kansas. After graduation, Dixie Dregs relocated in Augusta GA with a new keyboard player.

The Great Spectacular [promo lp] : US 1976 The Great Spectacular [cd] : US 1997
1976 to 1977

Dixie Dregs

People involved: Steve Dawidowski (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan (vln); Andy West (bss).

Relocated in Augusta GA, Dixie Dregs signed with Capricorn and released their first album during the spring of 1977.

Free Fall [lp] : US 1977 Capricorn Free Fall [cd] : US 199- Polydor/PolyGram 829661-2
During 1977

Liza Minelli

People involved: Liza Minelli (vcl), together with various back-up, eg. Steve Morse (gtr).

One of Morse's sessions.

Tropical Nights [lp] : US 1977 Columbia 34887
1977 to 1978

Dixie Dregs

People involved: Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Mark Parrish (kbr); Allen Sloan (str); Andy West (bss).

A new line-up, and two more albums see the light of day. The album Night Of The Living Dregs includes parts of a live show recorded at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 1978.

What If [lp] : US 1978 Capricorn What If [cd] : US 199- Polydor/PolyGram 831836-2 Night Of The Living Dregs [lp] : US 1979 Capricorn Night Of The Living Dregs [cd] : US 199- Polydor/PolyGram 831411-2
1979 to 1980

Dixie Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan (str); Andy West (bss).

By now, they had changed record label to Arista. King Biscuit Flower Hour recorded a live gig in June 1979.

Dregs Of The Earth [lp] : US 1980 Arista

Dregs Of The Earth [cd] : US 199-? Arista ARCD 8116

Dregs Of The Earth [cd] : Germany 199- Arista 252207-2

King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents the Dixie Dregs In Concert [cd] : US 1997 King Biscuit Entertainment KiX88031


Sometime during 1980

Steve Walsh

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Steve Walsh (gtr); and whoever else.

With Morse guesting on one or more tracks.

Schemer-Dreamer [lp] : US 1980 Kirshner/CBS Records 36320


Sometime during 1980 or 1981

Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan (str); Andy West (bss).

They dropped the 'Dixie' and released one album before Sloan left.

Unsung Heroes [lp] : US 1981 Arista

Unsung Heroes [cd] : US 19-- Arista ARCD 8120


Sometime during 1980 or 1981

Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Mark O'Connor (vln); Andy West (bss).

Sloanless Dregs went on tour and recorded a live album. (Apparently, the live CD listed below claims Allen Sloan as the violinist, but the string work is in fact performed by Mark O'Connor.)

Live In New York 1981 [lp] : US 1981 Four Aces Records


1981 and/or 1982

Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Mark O'Connor (str); Andy West (bss); with a few guests: Alex Ligertwood (vcl); Steve Howe (gtr); Patrick Dimmons (vcl).

Originally planned to be a Morse/Howe duo-project, though (for various reasons) the latter appers on one track only, viz "Up In the Air". Morse later launched a solo career.

Industry Standard [lp] : Japan 1982 Arista BVCA 2055


1983 to 1986

Steve Morse Band

People involved: Rod Morgenstein (drm/kbr); Steve Morse (gtr); Jerry Peek (drm); together with various guests, incl. Peter Frampton (gtr); Eric Johnson (gtr/vcl); T Lavitz (kbr); Albert Lee (gtr); Mark O'Connor (str); Van Temple (vcl).

The band toured throughout the States, during which time Morse also appeared as opening act for John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Paco de Lucia on their tours.

Two Faces [lp] : US 1984 Minotauro Records [same line-up?]

The Introduction [lp/cd] : US 1984 Elektra/Asulym Records 960369

Stand Up [lp/cd] : US 1985 Elektra/Asulym Records 960448


Sometime during 1986

T. Lavitz

People involved: T Lavitz (msc); with various guests: Paul Barrere (vcl); Jeff Berlin (bss); Chet Catallo (gtr); Brad Dutz (prc); Amy Holland (vcl); Dave LaRue (bss); Mike McDonald (vcl); Rod Morgenstein (drm/prc); Steve Morse (gtr); Dave Samuels (vbs); Steve Smith (drm); Kim Sparks (sxp); Luis Stefanell (prc); Steve Tischer (bss); Andy West (bss); Willin' (vcl).

Morse guests on two tracks "Sprakle Plenty" and "I'm Calling You".

Story Time [lp] : US 1986

Story Time [cd] : US 199- Passport Jazz PJCD-88012


1986 and 1987

Kansas

People involved: Phil Ehart (drm); Billy Greer (bss/vcl); Steve Morse (gtr); Steve Walsh (vcl/kbr); Richard Williams (gtr); with additional backing vocals on Power by "The Nude From The Waist Down Singers" [i.e. Travis Bradford; Rob Henson; Merle McLain; Jerome Olds; Yonrico Scott] & "The Boys Trio" [i.e. Doug Baker; Cliff Jones; Solomon Olds].

Power [lp] : US 1986 MCA Records MCA-5838

Power [cd] : US 1986 MCA Records MCAD-5838

In The Spirit Of Things [lp] : US 1988 MCA Records MCA-6254

In The Spirit Of Things [cd] : US 1988 MCA Records MCD-06254 (MCAD-6254)

Down The Road [cd boot?] : 1991 Luxembourg Oh Boy 1-9120

Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour [cd] : US 1998 King Biscuit Flower Hour KBFHCD024

Seventh Key [cd; Billy Greer] : US 2001 Frontiers Records/Now & Then Productions


1987 to 1989

After the Kansas stint, Morse grew tired of the music biz; so he cut of his hair (!), put on a uniform and began piloting planes for "a regional airline that doesn't want to be named" [quoted from "A Talk With Morse" by Kevin Ferguson]. He didn't throw away his guitars completely though; he appears on various sessions during this time. Eventually, however, he was dragged back into show biz by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and released a kind of comeback album in 1989; actually his first 'real' solo album.


Sometime during 1987

Mark O'Connor

People involved: Mark O'Connor (msc); with various people, incl. Steve Morse (gtr).

Morse appears on one or more tracks.

Stone From Which The Arch Was Made [lp/cd] : US 1987 Warner Bros


Sometime during 1987

Triumph

People involved: Rik Emmett (gtr/vcl); Mike Levine (bss); Gil Moore (drm/vcl); guested by Greg Loates (prc/prg); Steve Morse (gtr); Dave Tkaczuk (kbr/prg).

Morse plays electric guitar on "Headed For Somewhere" and acoustic guitar on "All The King's Horses". On a mailinglist devoted to the group Kansas, Rik Emmett himself told the story of this recording: "Steve Morse was an MCA Records contact through Tom Trumbo, L.A. A.&R. man, and he came up to Toronto to do a mega-weekend thing, where we wrote together, played a Guitar Festival gig together, recorded together, filmed a little movie thing, did a radio broadcast, and then he flew his prop-jet back down south, after staying at my place for a couple of days and proving to be a nice guy, a good sport, and one helluva guitar player."

Surveillance [lp] : US 1987 MCA Records MCA-42083

Surveillance [cd] : Germany 1987 MCA Records 255139-2 (MCAD-42083)

Surveillance [remastered cd] : US/Europe 1996 TRC/MaGaDa MAGD-6210


Sometime during 1987

Lynyrd Skynyrd

People involved: Lynyrd Skynyrd (msc); with Steve Morse (gtr) guesting.

Jam-thing recorded during 1987. Morse appears on one track: "Gimme Back My Bullets".

Southern By The Grace Of God - Tribute Tour '87 [lp] : US 1988 MCA Records

Southern By The Grace Of God - Tribute Tour '87 [cd] : US 199- MCA Records MCAD-8027


Sometime during 1988

Rossington Band

People involved: The Rossington Band (msc) guested by Steve Morse (gtr).

Morse appears on one or more tracks.

Love Your Man [cd] : US 1988 MCA Records MCAAD-42166


Sometime during 1988

Dixie Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm); Steve Morse (gtr); Andy West (bss); together with Mark O'Connor (vln) and Dr Allen Sloan (vln).

Recorded a promo CD.

Off The Records [promo cd] : US 1988 Ensoniq Keyboards


Sometime during 1989

Steve Morse, together with Sonny Emory

People involved: Steve Morse (msc); Sonny Emory (drm).

Morse & Emory recorded "Southern Steel" for a guitar compilation. (Morse also appeared on a second volume, see below.) The same track was later re-recorded by Steve Morse Band for the album Southern Steel (1990).

Guitar's Practising Musicians Vol. 1 [cd; Various Artists] : US 1989 Guitar Recordings 88561-5012-2

Guitar's Practising Musicians Vol. 1 [cd; Various Artists] : US 1989 Combat Records 5012


Sometime during 1989

Steve Morse

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); with T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm); Allen Sloan (str); Jerry Peek (bss); Andy West (bss).

Morse's first (you have to wait until 'Major Impacts' 2000 for the next) 'real' solo deal.

High Tension Wires [lp/cd] : US 1989 MCA Records 255930

High Tension Wires [cd] : Germany 1991 MCA Records MCD-06275 (MCAD-06725)

Metal Guitars [lp; Various Artists] : US 1990 Roadrunner Records RR-9335-1


Sometime during 1990

Steve Morse Band

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Dave La Rue (bss); Van Romaine (drm); with guest: Jeff Watson (gtr).

Southern Steel [cd] : US MCA 1991 Records MCAD-10112

Southern Steel [cd] : Germany MCA 1991 Records 9031-73289-2 YS


Sometime during 1991

Fifth Baby's All Stars

People involved: Eddie Van Halen (gtr); Albert Lee (gtr); Steve Morse (gtr); and whoever else.

These guys did some gigs in the States together as part of a band called Fifth Baby's All Stars. Unfortunately, nothing recorded.


Sometime during 1991

Steve Morse

Morse wrote and recorded a track called "Picture This" - available nowhere else - for a guitar compilation. He also appeared on the first volume, see above.

Guitar's Practising Musicians Vol. 2 [cd; Various Artists] : US 1991 Guitar Recordings 88561-5037-2


Sometime during 1991

Steve Morse

Morse recorded a track called "Morning Rush Hour" for yet another guitar compilation. The same track was later re-recorded by Steve Morse Band for the album Coast To Coast (1992).

Guitar Speak 3 [cd; Various Artists] : US 1991 I.R.S. Records No Speak 15 (X2-131112)


Sometime during 1992

Steve Morse Band

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Dave La Rue (bss); Van Romaine (drm).

Steve Morse Band seems to be something that exists on a very irregular basis. They record - sometimes with guests, sometimes without - and they do short tours here and there, now and then.

Coast To Coast [cd] : US 1992 MCA Records

Coast To Coast [cd] : Germany 1992 MCA Records MCD-10565 (MCAD-10565)


Sometime during 1992

Dixie Dregs

People involved: T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan MD (str); Andy West (bss).

Dixie Dregs reformed and did a short seven night tour in Atlanta GA, from which a live album was recorded.

Bring 'Em Back Alive [cd] : US 1992 Capricorn 9-42005-2


Sometime during 1992

Jeff Watson

People involved: Jeff Watson (?); with various guests, incl. Steve Morse (gtr).

Morse guests on one track: "Talking Hands".

Lone Ranger [cd] : US 1992 Shrapnel SH-1055CD


Sometime during 1992

Coven, Pitrelli, O'Reilly

People involved: Coven Pitrelli O'Reilly (msc), together with some others, including Steve Morse (gtr).

Morse does a solo on a track called "Minute Mouse".

CPR [cd] : US 1992 Guitar Records 99202


Early/mid 1994 to October 1994

Dixie Dregs

People involved: Jerry Goodman (str); Dave LaRue (bss); T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr).

Full Circle [cd] : US 1994 Capricorn 42021-2


Sometime during 1994

Michael Manring

People involved: Philip Aaberg (pno); Tim 'Herb' Alexander (drm); Michael Manring (bss); Steve Morse (gtr); Alex Skolnick (gtr); Steve Smith (drm).

Morse appears on one or more tracks.

Thonk [cd] : US 1994 Windham Hall Records/High Street 10322-2


Late 1994 to early 1995

Steve Morse Band

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Dave La Rue (bss); Van Romaine (drm).

Another irregular recording from a great group. They also did a short two-week tour of Australia during October 1994.

Structural Damage [cd] : The EC 1995 BMG/High Street Records 72902 10332 2


November 1994 onwards

Deep Purple Mk VII

People involved: Ian Gillan (vcl); Roger Glover (bss); Jon Lord (kbr); Steve Morse (gtr); Ian Paice (drm).

Steve Morse stepped in and Deep Purple has started a new era. So far they've managed two albums, Purpendicular (1996) and Abandon (1998).

Deep Purple Discography


Sometime during 1994 or possibly 1995

Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus

People involved: Carmine Appice (drm/bss/vcl); Tony Franklin (mll); Kelly Keeling (vcl/gtr/kbr); together with various guests, incl. Steve Morse (gtr).

Another session. This time Steve does a guitar duo together with Jennifer Batten on a track called "4 Miles High".

Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus [cd; cardboard box] : Europe 1995 No Bull Records/Koch 34336-2

Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus [cd; bonus tracks] : Europe 1995 No Bull Records CD-34262-2


Sometime during 1994 or 1995

Yes Tribute

People involved: Various people, incl. Peter Banks, Robert Berry, Cairo, Enchant, Shadow Gallery, Annie Haslam, Steve Howe, Magellan, Patrick Moraz, Steve Morse, Stanley Nail, Jeronimo Road, World Trade.

Morse plays acoustic guitar on two tracks, "Mood For A Day" and "Clap".

Tales From Yesterday - A View From The South Side Of The Sky [cd] : US 1995 Magna Carta RR 8914-2


Sometime during 1995 and/or 1996

Steve Morse Band

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Dave La Rue (bss); Van Romaine (drm).

StressFest [cd] : US Apr 1996 BMG/High Street Records

StressFest [cd; bonus track] : Japan 1996


Sometime during 1995 or 1996

Rush Tribute

People involved: Brendt Allman (gtr); Sebastian Bach (vcl); Mike Baker (vcl); Robert Berry (gtr/bss/kbr/bvc); Jeff Brockman (drm); Carl Cadden-James (bss); Deen Castronovo (drm); Ricky Chycki (gtr); Marcel Coenen (gtr); Fates Warning [= Ray Alder (vcl); Jim Matheos (gtr); Joey Vera (bss); Mark Zonder (drm)]; Trent Gardner (kbr); Matt Guillory (kbr); Stuart Hamm (bss); Chris Ingles (pno); Brad Kaiser (drm); James LaBrie (vcl); Jake E. Lee (gtr); Gregoor van der Loo (vcl); George Lynch (gtr); Sean Malone (bss); Eric Martin (vcl); Steve Morse (gtr); James Murphy (gtr/kbr); John Petrucci (gtr); Mike Pinella (kbr); Mike Portnoy (drm); Sean Reinert (drm); Michael Romeo (gtr); Jack Russell (vcl); Billy Sheehan (bss); Mark Slaughter (vcl); David Townsend (vcl); David Towson (gtr); Gary Wehrkamp (kbr).

Morse appears on two tracks: "La Villa Strangiato" and "Red Barchetta".

Working Man [cd] : US 1996 Magna Carta MA-9010-2


Sometime during 1995 or 1996

Steve Ray Tribute

People involved: Doug Aldrich; Amir Derakh; Scott Hill; Stanley Jordan; Mark Kendall; Ritchie Kotzen; Albert Lee; Steve Morse; Trevor Rabin; Steve Stevens; John Sykes; Walter Trout.

Morse appears on "Travis Walk".

Crossfire - A Salute To Stevie Ray [cd] : US 1996 Blues Bureau Int'l 2031

Crossfire - A Salute To Stevie Ray [cd] : Canada 1996 DeRock Records DERCD-088


During 1997/1998

Marcel Dadi

Morse appears on several Dadi albums.

Country Guitar Flavors [cd]

Nashville Rendez-Vous [cd]

Nashville Swing [cd]

Marcel Dadi [cd]


During the fall of 1997

Steve Vai

People involved: Steve Vai (gtr); together with a bunch of other guitar heroes: Jeff Beck; Hotei; Eric Johnson; Alex Lifeson; Steve Morse; Joe Perry; Richie Sambora; Joe Satriani; Brian Setzer Orchestra; Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Eleven guitar heroes chose their favourite christmas classic and gave it a treat. Morse plays "Joy to the World".

Merry Axemas - A Guitar Christmas [cd] : US Oct 1997 Epic Records EK67775


During 1999

Steve Morse & Co.

People involved: Al Di Meola, Peter Frampton, Marty Freedman, Steve Howe, Jorma Kaukonen, Albert Lee, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Trevor Rabin, Mike Stern, Dweezil Zappa.

Great many of the world's best guitar players have been summoned by Steve Morse to record favourite classical bits. Morse produced and plays a piece by Handel called "Water Music".

... [cd] : US Dec 1999? Windham Hill Records


August 1999

Dixie Dregs

People involved: Jerry Goodman (vln); Dave LaRue (bss); T Lavitz (kbr); Rod Morgenstein (drm/bvc); Steve Morse (gtr); Allen Sloan (vln); Andy West (bss); Dweezil Zappa (gtr).

Dixie Dregs performed live at the Roxy Theatre during 26-28 August 1999. These were recorded and have now been released. They continue touring during 2000.

California Screamin' [cd] : US Feb 2000 Zebra Records


September 1999

Jon Lord's Concerto

Lord's Concerto was performed live at the Royal Albert Hall on 25th and 26th September 1999 - 30 years after it's premiere performance. The main performers were the London Philharmonics together with Deep Purple Mk VII. In addition, there were lots of guest appearances by a variety of rock celebrities. The entire performance is available on CD, Video and DVD. Don't miss our special RAH feature.

See Jon Lord's Discobiography for release info.


During 2000 & 2001

Steve Morse (Band)

People involved: Steve Morse (gtr); Dave LaRue (bss); Van Romaine (drm).

Morse continues to record albums outside the purple road, sometimes solo, sometimes as Steve Morse Band.

In 2000, he recorded his first album consisting of tracks written in the spirit of Morse's many influences, including Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson, The Byrds, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, Rolling Stones, Mountain, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Kansas and Yes. A follow-up is due to be released soon.

Major Impacts [cd] : US July 2000 Magna Carta MA-9042-2

Split Decision [cd] : US February 2002 Magna Carta MA-9058-2

Major Impacts 2 [cd (in progress)] : US October 2002 Magna Carta MA-9070-2


During 2001

Jon Lord's Concerto

People involved: Jordan Rudess (kbr), with various guests, eg. Billy Sheehan, Terry Bozzio, John Petrucci, Peter Ernst, Eugene Freisen, Bert Baldwin, Mark Wood and Barry Carl.

Feeding The Wheel [cd] : US October 2000 Magna Carta



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